ok i just listened to foilly foibles/gold so i could understand the comparison. (thanks for listening/commenting too!)
with this track, i tried something i hadn't done before as an experiment. i always wondered how ariel achieved such a wide array tonal variations with what i am assuming are cheap instruments. this always fascinated me because i am very much into the idea of creating great sounding and interesting pieces using budget equipment. i think r. stevie's fearless, 'use anything you've got' approach was the beginning of this impetus.
so i found myself a yamaha pss-460
at an op shop for $40 recently and tried to see what i could get out of this thing. my main instrument is guitar, so i don't really know how to play keyboards except for feeling my way around for chords or finding the scale and noodling.
i was exposed to the band 'egg' with their first album many, many moons ago and their unorthodox line-up of bass, drums and keyboards (for the early seventies at least when everyone else was mainly playing guitar driven hard rock). anyway, the interesting thing i noticed was how the organist was using what sounded like a wah pedal in his setup, creating these interesting swelling sounds for an effect i usually equated being used for electric guitar.
many years later when listened to ariel's albums obsessively for nigh on two years, i figured that maybe that was what he was doing with his keyboards as well as employing an array of other effects to his sound.
so to get to the point, i inserted the output of the yamaha into my boss multi-fx unit, switched on the rhythm machine and dialed in some stereo delay and 'played' it with the wah. then i did pretty much the same thing with the guitar but with random effects being used throughout the track.
i'm pleased with the results and will employ this approach to future recordings as long as i don't start to sound like i'm repeating myself.
as for the prog label, i dunno. maybe i was still thinking about 'egg' at the time.
btw, what's the url for fieldmaus' video? i wouldn't mind checking it out.